A disabled Worksop woman is appealing for help to raise funds for a basketball wheelchair which will allow her to play the sport she has grown to love.
Amanda Sheenan, of Keswick Road, has already secured a grant toward the wheelchair – but needs to raise £350 in 30 days, or she will lose her funding.
The 24-year-old currently uses a borrowed chair to play basketball in.
However, it does not fit her properly, which makes it difficult to fulfil her potential on the court.
Amanda said: “Just over a year ago I found a wheelchair basketball club and since I joined I have never looked back.
“I have made plenty of new friends and can play sports again, which I had to stop doing when I was in my teens because of my illnesses.
“I’d be so grateful if people could help me hit my fundraising target and develop in the sport I love further.”
Amanda first became ill when she was aged 13 and said “everything went downhill” when she turned 16.
She said: “I had various admissions to intensive care and had to be put on a ventilator quite a few times.
“As time went by my spine also developed problems and I began to get pain in my legs.
“About two years ago I stopped breathing for more than an hour and an ambulance didn’t get to me fast enough – so I ended up with an hypoxic brain injury.
“This has left me with left-sided weakness. I had to learn to walk, talk and do normal things again – similar to what happens when someone experiences a stroke.
“As time has gone on, my left leg won’t support me any-more and now I have to use a wheelchair the majority of the time.”
But Amanda says basketball has given her a new lease of life.
She said: “It has helped with my depression and also gets me out of the house at least twice a week. It takes my mind off the pain and the problems I face daily.”
n To donate, visit Amanda’s Just Giving page at https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/amanda-sheehan?utm_source=Facebook&utm_medium=Yimbyprojectpage&utm_content=amanda-sheehan&utm_campaign=projectpage-share-owner&utm_term=Bw3DGGb52